Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Self-Isolation Read - Fall Out

  • Title And Author: Fall Out by C.G. Moore
  • Publisher: UClan Publishing
  • Physical, eBook or Audiobook: Physical
  • Bought, Borrowed or Gifted: Gifted by the author in exchange for an honest review/reaction
  • Length: 322 Pages

Not sure how this book got on my radar, truth be told. But I follow the author on Twitter for AGES as, before he turned author, CG Moore was person behind @YAFictionados and the hashtag #YATakeover on Twitter. So when he asked if anyone fancied reading and reviewing his debut, I jumped at it.

When Cal comes out to his family, he doesn’t expect it to be so explosive. He doesn’t expect his mum to be rushed to hospital or his dad to attack him in the hospital. But the fall out is nothing from the spiral his life takes when it comes to his friends, family and his bullies at school. 

But when events in Cal’s life pushes him to his limit, can he rely on his love ones to help me avoid a meltdown or has he cut himself too far for them to save him?
Now, this type of book isn’t my normal jam. I’m not the biggest lover of contemporary that are darker in tone or quite as triggers but this book… well… this is a dark and intense rollercoaster of a read that gripped me by the throat and refused to let me go. 

… I’m actually finding writing this hard to write. I devoured this book and enjoyed myself hugely with this, so it’s a little hard to be impartially. Plus, need to keep this short as I'm frightened this will turn into a gush-fest! 

I do want to point out that this book has a lot of triggers in here - homophobic bullying, underage drinking, underage sex, self-harm, death, mental health - so be safe if/when you are going to read this. I feel like this is the book equivalent of the UK TV show, Skins, as that show was trigger warnings on every episode so imagine that in book form as you have Fall Out. 

But I really liked this book. I liked the characters, the situations, how events spiral and fall apart and how, slowly, they pulled themselves together. Everything about this book worked for me in a way that other books that have tried to do that same thing haven’t. I can’t put my finger on why this book worked but it did. 

Can't wait to see what C.G. writes next…

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